Flamsteed History of Astronomy Group Meeting.
The following talk will be delivered by Mona Evans.
In 1781, a German-born musician observing with a home-made telescope from his back garden in Bath, England, discovered a new planet, the first to be found since ancient times. We now call it Uranus. This unexpected discovery, which doubled the size of the known Solar System, propelled William Herschel to international celebrity.
But that was only the start. Sponsored by the king of England, he and his sister Caroline spent the rest of their lives surveying the heavens, making Caroline the first woman professional astronomer. This is the story of their remarkable partnership and the revolution it wrought in our knowledge of the Universe, with particular emphasis on the role of the usually unheralded Caroline.
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE FLAMSTEED ASTRONOMY SOCIETY ONLY.
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